Alright, so I know nobody who follows me buys the bullshit cultural narrative that people who make a lot of money make that money because they work harder or longer or are generally less lazy or take less recreation time than people with less money. I'm not arguing about that here -- I just ran into a specific piece of truth vs. bullshit that I found particularly galling. Part of the popular mythology of the hard-working-rich-man is that people who make a lot of money tend to sacrifice a lot of sleep. There's an almost puritanical implication in the idea, that the very wealthy are always pushing themselves right to the edge of their physical ability. Arianna Huffington even gave a TED talk about the apparent culture of deliberate sleep deprivation among successful businessmen.
So I was pissed off -- although not really surprised -- at this line in the latest episode of Healthcare Triage:
Richer people also get more sleep than poorer people: only about a third of the people in the United States making $75,000 a year or more get less than six hours of sleep a night. On the other hand, almost half of people making less than $30,000 a year get less than six hours a night.